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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 21, 2009 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

OH MY GOD!

Folks, this is Jerry. He was a fallable human being. He was also the personification of all that is great in Rock and Roll. His voice, though it did deteriorate, was unbelievable. Sure, it broke at times. Sure, he would forget lyrics. Sure, but would you really change it?

I love the old guy. I miss him. I only wish his voice were still here, warts and all.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 21, 2009 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

Hey Stagger - Are we not allowed to have preferences? And for the record I can find magic throughout all their career even if the batting average went down. And I think 89-91 were incredibly strong years for the band, some of the best since the 70's imo. But I still prefer the sound of Jerry's voice PRIOR to 78. Doesn't mean I still don't like and listen to stuff after that. What is wrong with THAT? You're not one of those that blindly thought everything is always good are you?

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 21, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

That's me. Pollyanna. Happy go lucky and without issue.

No, I have preferences, but sometimes it seems as if we forget that these guys are human beings with human failings, and human aging. Look at Bobby's beard, fergodsake!

I do agree that there's some amazing work during the beginnings of Vinnie's association with the band. I also agree that things went a little south during some of that.

I also love Vinnie. As a Tubes/Todd Rundgren fan, I know how great a musician, vocalist, and songwriter he was. I don't really think that the hot seat with they boys was probably not the ideal place for him. Though, for all my understanding, he did feel it was the validation and pinnacle of his career.

Meanwhile.. I love the latter Jerry's voice. He croaked often. I do remember an Alpine Valley show late 80's where Jerry was so rockin' that he was actually jumping on stage. Nothing like those evidences of Jerry of old to make you really appreciate his humanity. But that croaking, either cigarettes, horse, or age, only added to the pathos of his voice. Yeah, Walking on the Moon, Stella Blue, Black Peter were all songs that really showed the pathos.

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 21, 2009 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

Bobby Weir can trim up to lok like a royal french mousqueteer ! I already saw a picture of him that way and he looked most elegant .

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 21, 2009 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

I knew you were one of those types!

Don't get me wrong man, I LOVE the human element. That's part of the magic for me. Some DeadHeads gravitate towards the master musician/fusion/technical stuff but I gravitate the other way. For instance, I find Bob Dyaln to be a good singer, not just a good songwriter. I loved celebrating the flawed human condition. And, like Jerry, I'm also a sucker for depressing messed up songs and characters.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 21, 2009 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

Kindred souls, you and I, JOTS.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 21, 2009 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

excellent!

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 21, 2009 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soon you will not hear his voice

Staggerleib :Jerry's voice is or not here but his guitare playing cruises on cosmic trails !